As part of our Simple Tip Saturday series, we’re inviting fresh voices into the mix. Today we’re hearing from Christine Newman with her simple tip.
What is one way you simplify scrapbooking?
I simplify scrapbooking by not doing it chronologically and just picking photos and subjects that make me happy. I just create pages as I am inspired, and I put them into albums based on when I created them. The lack of chronology doesn’t bother me at all.
What problem does it solve for you?
Scrapbooking is supposed to be fun and not stressful. Letting go of documenting EVERYTHING and in chronological order has been extremely freeing. I’ve seen people get stuck or stop scrapbooking because they’re so stressed out by the fact that they’re “behind” and can’t catch up. That seems to be counter-productive to me. Just do it because you enjoy it, not because you have to. This is a hobby, not a job. (Well, not for most of us anyway.)
Why do you think it works so well?
It works so well because now I am enjoying the process of creating instead of trying to “get it done”. When something is enjoyable, you tend to keep doing it. If it’s stressful or causes guilt, then you tend to stop doing it. I want to keep scrapbooking, so this is the way to do it for me.
How can others get started with it?
Make an appointment with yourself for two hours and just play. Use that time for yourself and create without guilt. Don’t use it to surf the internet for more inspiration. Just start creating something. You will feel wonderful afterwards and that will be the first step to doing it more.
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